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Winter of the World
Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy | Ken Follett
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPicking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated familiesAmerican, German, Russian, English, and Welshthrough a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War.Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak....American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific....English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism....Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.From the Paperback edition.
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MoonWitch94
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Thanks for the tag @NeedsMoreBooks 1.) My favorite genre to read is self-help; I love to watch Saturday Night Live each week; I don‘t have a twitter account 2.) Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman 3.) Not lucky enough 4.) Too cold...because you can always more layers on. #litsylearn

Alora Hello! 💙💙💙 2mo
Alora Is the lie the self help books?! 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Hmmm... I‘ll guess watching Saturday Night Live every week is the lie? 🤔 2mo
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MoonWitch94 @Alora yes, that‘s the lie 😂 2mo
MoonWitch94 @DaveGreen7777 Nope! That is true 🙂 2mo
Alora Hahaha nice! 😂 Who is your favourite hockey team?! I‘m a die hard Bruins fan 💛🖤💛🖤 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Alora I bleed Orange & Black 🖤🧡🖤🧡 for the Philadelphia Flyers 😉 2mo
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Buechersuechtling
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I think my main problem with this novel was that in this volume it seems that Follet had check boxes he ticked off. To me, it didn‘t feel like his protagonists neatly and authentically dovetailed into the world events – it was more like there were so many important sights that Follet had problems finding personnel he could send to be an authentic part of the world‘s history. It often felt like: “How convenient”.

Do you understand what I mean❓🤔

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Buechersuechtling
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Maybe Follet wanted to write a different kind of novel about this issue because almost everything about it has already been said and written. If so, is he in my eyes failed completely because he can only recreate the magic and the understanding for the big issues he arose so well in the first volume in this volume in very few places.

Having my high hopes disappointed leaves me kind of sad because I really believed Follet would do it again.

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Buechersuechtling
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Mehso-so

I have been looking forward to this so much because I have really been surprised by the first volume, “Fall of Titans”. I learned so much from this and felt that Follet explained the coherences so well, he really joined the dots for me. Compared to this, this second volume disappointed me deeply. Over a long period it‘s more a soap opera than a novel explaining WWII and fascism.

The last 4 to 5 hours redeemed me – but still. 😟

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Buechersuechtling
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Making good progress with this.
I am thankful that it‘s not as oppressive anymore as it started.

But it‘s so complicated. I thought this, too, as I had begun listening to “Fall of Titans” but it turned out that Follet explained the correlations well. Or that I understood them better … But in here all the parallel developments of the fascist regimes, the fights, the rebels, it makes me sometimes feel dizzy 😵 and stupid.

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Buechersuechtling
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As many of you know – and as everybody can see in my profile – I am German 🇩🇪. I‘m now scarcely an hour in that audiobook. And I already feel bad and bitter.

Even more if I think of and about the German AfD-party. Many think something like the Nazi dictatorship nowadays can‘t happen again. If I envision how it all developed in 1933 … It all went so unbelievably smoothly. 😢 I feel nauseated. 🤢

Texreader This one was so good but so so sad. I remember starting this one and just sinking into horror. 4mo
Buechersuechtling @Texreader Yes, that‘s exactly how it feels. 😱 4mo
JacqMac It sounds like a great yet horrible read. 4mo
Buechersuechtling @JacqMac I will holler when I get to the “great”-section. At the moment I‘m still in where it‘s horrible. 4mo
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Buechersuechtling
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I am once more thankful for my significant other‘s fat internet connection this second part of Ken Follet‘s “Titans”-saga download properly on my device in less than 5 minutes‼️🙌🏼 My connection would have needed about five times as long, at least, plus constant monitoring.

I am very much looking forward to to this because I was so surprised and impressed by the first book.

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Pickpick

I enjoyed the second installment of the Century Trilogy. I've read a lot of books about World War II, but I still felt like I learned a bit more. It was nice to find out about the next generation of characters in this series. I look forward to reading the third book.

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Villo
L'inverno del mondo | Ken Follett
Pickpick

This second book was even more interesting than the first: the way things before, during and just after WWII were happening between GB, France, Spain, Germany, Russia and USA and interconnected into the 5 family stories is increasingly interesting. The reading is really capturing your attention with suspense and thrilling situations. Let‘s start the third of the series! #2019

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Indexasaurus
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I haven‘t been a big fan of Lev throughout this series so far, but his epic mic drop at his daughter‘s wedding was pure gold 😂

brilliantglow I loved this series! 6mo
Indexasaurus @brilliantglow It‘s so good so far! Like Pillars of the Earth meets Downton Abbey 😀 6mo
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La_Cori
L'inverno del mondo | Ken Follett
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sigriff
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Time to enjoy a good doorstop of a book. Really enjoyed the first one in the trilogy and I have a week off coming up.

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Andrew65
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Sace
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Presenting my overly ambitious December TBR. From the bottom:

Winter of the World (tagged)
La isla bajo el mar (which I've been reading since June)
Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas (probably the only book I'll finish 🙄)
Sin tetas no hay paraíso (which I've probably been reading all year.)
The Count of Monte Cristo (which I was supposed to read last month.)

Suet624 Does Follett know how to write a short book? 14mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 @Suet624 ima go with no. 14mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Emmett! ❤️ 14mo
Sace @Suet624 ditto what @Reviewsbylola said 14mo
Sace @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I can't wait! 14mo
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Tove_Reads
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74% done and loving it, even though I am fed up with the World Wars. Which stand alone Follett should I read after this trilogy? Also, @Andrew65 which Maeve will we read in December? Also Heartstone is on the list @EadieB 🙂 I am feeling so responsible planning my December reading list now!

EadieB This one I heard is good 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads i like to read authors according to the order they wrote their books. Some of her characters appear in other books. Here‘s the order of her novels: Light a penny candle, Echoes, firefly summer, silver wedding, circle of friends, the cooper beach, the glass lake, evening class, tara road, scarlet feather, quentins, night of rain and stars, Whitethorn woods, heart and soul, minding frankie, a week in winter. Echoes would be next after PC 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads @andrew65 But we can always leave the choice to Andrew as he has read a lot of them. 1y
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Tove_Reads @EadieB Can‘t get ahold of them all, so it helps me to know ahead what we‘ll read. Maybe the library can get at least some of them if I request them early on. 1y
Tove_Reads Thanks, but that is just way too much! @EadieB 1y
Andrew65 I‘m sure someone (might have been you @Tove_Reads ) asked me about reading A week in Winter in December as it seemed appropriate, so I though‘t we do Tara Road in November and A Week in Winter in December with start dates in both months of 19th of each month. I‘ve not read any Ken Follett standalones but have heard positive thoughts re this one. @EadieB (edited) 1y
Andrew65 Then we can start reading the rest in order after that. We are reading Tara Road next as again that was requested by people. @Tove_Reads @EadieB 1y
EadieB @andrew65 A week in winter sounds good to me for December. I do remember someone suggested this. 1y
Tove_Reads @eadieb @Andrew65 Cool! Yeah, it was me! I own Tara and my library has A Week on Overdrive, so I‘m set for the next two! 🙂 1y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Thought it was you, pleased my memory is still working, especially given the hours I have worked this week and the little sleep I have got this week as a result. Great news that you are able to get both. For your longer term plans we will read Echoes in January. This is possibly about the only novel of hers I haven‘t read but do own a very old copy. @EadieB 1y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I‘ll start looking for Echoes today! I was thinking about going for a Follett challenge in 2019. Like the Binchy one. A book per month. We are soonish done with Nicci French and Shardlake. @EadieB 1y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I was wondering if you wanted to read the last three Nicci French books in before the end of the year? Have you got capacity to do Saturday in the second half of November? I‘d be up for Ken Follett. @eadieb 1y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I do, yeah. Might have a problem with getting the last one though, but I‘ll check the library and place a hold. It‘s the only one they don‘t have on overdrive. I‘ve asked them to add it, but you‘ll never know. 1y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 Placed a hold. Should get it in December! 1y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 Requested Whiteout and Echoes. Can get both of them in Finnish and Swedish, but hopefully in January in English as well! 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 I‘m up for Follett too! 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB 👍🏽 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB @andrew65 So, Follett in chronological order sans the trilogies? Have no clue if I can get ahold of them all, but you‘d think we should have the books translated, so at least I should have that. 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads Why do you like to read the English version. Do you think something is lost in the translation? Wouldn‘t it be easier to read in your Finnish language? Also, just let us know which ones you can get hold of. 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB I‘ve lived in the US, England and Ireland. I know that not every cultural thing can be translated and many translators don‘t get all references. Especially when it comes to good writers I want to read in the original language. Some translators write better than certain authors. But, Binchy, Follett, Boyne... def in English! 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB Clive Cussler in Swedish was one of the worst experiences ever! 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads Ok That does make sense. 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads I cannot even imagine Clive Cussler in any other language. That would definitely be a funny experience. 1y
Tove_Reads @eadieb The Finnish ones have been really good. Then I couldn‘t get one in English or Finnish. Had to read it in Swedish. It was soooo boring, slow, sad... 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads That‘s great that you know all those languages. My grandfather knew 14 languages. My daughter got his gift. She is fluent in French and she had one year of German and went to visit her pen pal in Germany and people that she was a German. 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB I can read 14 as well! 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads That‘s great that you know all those languages. My grandfather knew 14 languages. My daughter got his gift. She is fluent in French and she had one year of German and went to visit her pen pal in Germany and people thought she was German. 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads that‘s remarkable. My grandfather was from Croatia and he was a merchant marine. 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB I think I‘ve read proper examination books in about 8 languages at my universities. 1y
EadieB @Tove_Reads When by grandfather came to Philadelphia in 1914 he helped immigrants with their citizenship papers. 1y
Tove_Reads @EadieB 👍🏽 1y
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atenelli

I did not like the sequel as much as The Fall of Giants. However, it is still a pretty good read. Interested to see how he will end the story in the third and final part.

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atenelli

I really loved this novel and have already reread it once. I found it easy to read and enjoyable. I admit I might be a little biased because I have always enjoyed Ken Follett‘s historical fiction.

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Traci1
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I took my little monkey to the park this morning, and there's a Little Free Library next to it that's almost always empty. I try to take 5 or 6 books (especially kid books) every time we go by. This time, though, it was full of books, and I traded my 5 books for this one.

OrangeMooseReads This is a good series 👍🏼 2y
Traci1 @OrangeMooseReads it looked good. I love most of what I've read from Follett. Now I have to see if I can track down book one at the used bookshop. 2y
AngBreidenbach I‘ve loved how well Ken Follett builds his worlds. Amazing! Haven‘t read this one yet. 2y
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Mariana1
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❤️😍😍

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#SeasonInTheTitle #MarchInBooks 🍀📖
#Winter ❄️ #Spring 🌸 #Summer ☀️ #Autumn 🍁

#BookNerd 📚💙

GripLitGrl 👏👏👏👏 2y
ephemeralwaltz Nice!! 2y
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Mariana1
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👌

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451Degrees
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Pickpick

I finished this one a couple days ago but it‘s left me thinking for sure! This book was the second in the Century Trilogy following WWII. I am intrigued by the authors structure of this series as it follows the same families from the first book through the decades. There was some very graphic and descriptive scenes that made me thankful to not be living during that time. Onto the last book!

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toofondofbooks
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Pickpick

Part two of Follett's sweeping family saga. This one is set mostly during WWII. Great Historical Fiction. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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toofondofbooks
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toofondofbooks
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Next up on audio. I'm enjoying this series very much. #currentlylistening #playster

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Mich_lynn
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This is how I'm spending my birthday....completely submerged in WWII. 900 pages but it's SO good and moves fast! Love it!

Ericalambbrown Enjoy and Happy Birthday! Great series! 2y
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malu_mac4
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Pickpick

Amazing sequel to the first one. Can't wait to read the third.

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RebelReader
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My books set in winter from my #TBR shelves. #Jingleshelves

Suelizbeth Look at that chunkster! 💕 2y
RebelReader @Suelizbeth It's a chunkster alright and a trilogy to boot! All three big! 😱 2y
TricksyTails @Suelizbeth Exactly what I was going to say! How many pages is that? 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto I lovedddd winter of the world so much. Such a great series. 2y
RebelReader @TricksyTails Winter of the World is 940. Fall of Giants is920 and Edge of Eternity is 1004! I'll have to incorporate this series into one of my challenges for 2018! 😍😍😍 2y
TricksyTails Woohoo! 🙌 📚 2y
brilliantglow Winter of the world is so so so good😍😍 2y
Sills Would love to read your blurb when you finish Kristen Hannah's book. 2y
Hollie I loved Winter Garden! 2y
RebelReader @Sills @Hollie I'm putting Winter Garden on my #Recommendationschallenge2018 because my sister says it's one of her all time favorite books. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Winter Garden 💗💗💗💗 2y
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Pickpick

I'm finishing this audiobook this weekend and moving on to book 3 in the trilogy. I found this book very sobering. What is it in human nature that leads to such brutality toward others? So many senseless deaths! It helped me to understand better how fascism could take hold in a modern country like Germany and how citizens in many countries got caught up in fascist ideology or became active in the resistance to it. Well-written & thought-provoking.

Louise It was also refreshing to learn about the many resistance efforts of German citizens. We don't often get to see that side of WWII depicted in the movies. 2y
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bookaholic1
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Pickpick

What a great read for the second book in this trilogy. Will start the third book soon, if you haven't read it but are thinking about it, I suggest you get started, it is a beautiful series so far!!

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bookaholic1
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And...my next big read. With this being the second of the trilogy, it should be good

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Kathrin
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Pickpick

What a great history lesson this book it. The storyline often feels constructed, because the author wants to show all major milestone and atrocity of WWII as an event in the life of the main characters. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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Kathrin
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A little over half way through this door stopper novel... Ken Follett might be the only author that has me tolerate a 30 plus hour audio book.

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Sha0102
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Pickpick

Ken Follet is master. His writting is marvellous way to (re)learn history. "2nd book in the Century Trilogy. The novel follows the second generation families born to the main characters of the first novel, Fall of Giants. The story starts in 1933, with the Nazi seizure of power, includes World War II, and concludes in 1949." Entertaining level: ????? #Sha2015

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Melissa_J
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Picked up my daughter from her last day at school, and got there right after a pretty fierce storm blew through. It looks like winter 😱

TrishTheBibliophile 😱😱😱 3y
Melissa_J I should note that it's hail not snow. 3y
DaydreamingBookworm Where do you live in Canada? 😱 I'm in the GTA and we've had a bit of hail but not nearly as bad as this! 3y
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Melissa_J @DaydreamingBookworm I'm in Ottawa, but only a small part of the city got hail this bad. It's like the sky opened up and just dumped all the hail in one small area! 3y
StephanieMarie Holy crap! It's just rain in North Bay but now I'm worried! 3y
Brenda I'm in the GTA and we've had plenty of rain this month,but no hail. Crazy weather this year! 🇨🇦 3y
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Giordano89
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Dopo "la caduta dei giganti" e il qui ritratto "L'inverno del mondo" mi manca solo l'ultimo volume, "I giorni dell'eternità" per finire la trilogia del secolo. Che dite me lo recupero e lo metto nella lista delle prossime letture?
#reading #bookstagram #instabook #books #book #library #read #lettura #leggere #libri #libro #love #instalibri #lettura #booklove #leggere #bookoftheday #bookaddicted #bookphotography #bookslove #picsofthebook

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Alex_A14
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This book is fantastic! After reading the first one, I had to read this second book of the trilogy. One of the series that never stops captivating you from one page to another. Reading this book I thought that it would all be one sided, that everyone would be against the horrors that happen in this book. But it isn't. If you love historical fiction, this series is top notch.

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Lynnsoprano
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#marchintoreading A #startswithu/v/w that I really enjoyed. I haven't read the third book in the trilogy yet, partly because hubby panned it, and his opinions are usually trustworthy.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved the first one, second one got too cheesy for me and I bailed 😬 3y
Lola I have the this one but wasn't crazy about the first so I haven't read it yet. I so loved Pillars of the Earth and was so really looking forward to this digging into trilogy. 3y
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CaroPi
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Pickpick

I really like this second book in "the Century Trilogy" is a very good continuation that picked up where the first finish. Sadly It misses some very important people like Albert Einstein. Not sure if I should read the third. I heard mixed reviews. Any comments? #bookout

HotMessJess I say read it! I can never trust reviews- I don't agree with them most of the time! 3y
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Melissa_J
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Turns out I have several books with #aseasoninthetitle #marchintoreading ❄️🌷🌞🍂

Andrew65 I loved this book (Winter of the World) but Fall of Giants was my favourite one in the trilogy. (edited) 3y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Freaking Dollar Store. Now I have to buy the first books in 2 different series just so I can read these. 🙄 Also...*I have no self control*

Aswenson You can read Follett without reading the first 2... but I understand wanting to have the first 2 anyway. 😉 3y
minkyb The Lyndsay Faye series is great! 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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#march into reading The first of the #alliterativetitles on the bookshelf that caught my eye.

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CaroPi
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I was randomly looking for books in Amazon when I found this gem.... I need it to share!!! If someone else was waiting for a promotion for this book today is the day!!! #historicalfiction

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I love the way history and politics are woven through the lives of the characters in these books. Some of my favorite chunkers. #politicalnovels #photoadaynov16

Desha Me too! About to read Edge of Eternity soon for one of my book clubs! ❤️📚📚❤️ 3y
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Book_Gnome
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Opening line:
"Carla knew her parents were about to have a row."
#bookgnome #kenfollet #winteroftheworld

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SharonGoforth
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Results of today's bookstore crawl📚

LitHousewife Nice choices! 3y
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Pickpick

Ahh book 2. I was so excited, and I was not disappointed either! The characters are dynamic, the story is engrossing, it makes you cry and laugh and feel and then cry again (this one was he cryer!) I loved this!!

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Nemone

Started it yesterday to listen to in my car and already loving it!

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